Blunkett warns on cannabis.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ordered a review of the reclassification, amid wide spread expectations that it will lead to the eventual return of the drug to class B status.
Defending his decision to downgrade the drug in 2004, Mr Blunkett said that it was more "honest" to make cannabis class C - which means that users cannot be arrested for carrying small amounts - rather than place it in the more serious category but then take a softly-softly approach to policing it.
He told a national Sunday newspaper: "Rather than affecting practice on the ground, classifying cannabis back to class B now would simply cause confusion. Classifying cannabis as class C is a much more honest approach both politically and interms of how the drug is policed, rather than tackling what was a class B drug with a class C approach, as happened in the past."
The review was announced after claims that stronger strains of cannabis caused a significant health threat.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Feb 4, 2008|
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